SPEED LIMIT GOING UP ON 101 STRETCH : SIGNS THROUGH VALLEY CHANGING TO 65 MPH.
Motorists plying the Ventura Freeway through the San Fernando Valley can wave goodbye to the old double-nickel speed limit and drive 65 mph, Caltrans officials announced Thursday.
The speed limit will be raised along the Ventura Freeway from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the Hollywood Freeway junction. It will remain 55 mph from the 170 junction to downtown Los Angeles.
The speed limit also will be raised to 65 mph along the Hollywood Freeway for its entire run through the Valley - Interstate 5 to the 101.
Officials cautioned that the speed limit will remain 55 until new 65 mph signs are posted.
The old 55 mph limit was raised 10 mph in December on 2,800 miles of state freeways, including the San Diego, Golden State and Simi Valley freeways through the Valley.
At the time, however, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol said they needed to continue studying whether to allow motorists to cruise faster on other busy arteries.
Upon completion of the review, they agreed to raise the speed limits to 65 mph on most freeways in Los Angeles and Ventura counties - with just a handful of exceptions, including:
The 101 from Vermont Avenue to the 170 interchange.
The Pasadena Freeway from Pasadena to the four-level interchange in downtown Los Angeles.
The Santa Ana Freeway from Rio Hondo to the Long Beach Freeway junction.
Freeways intersecting at the congested ``Downtown L.A. Loop'' - the Santa Ana, Hollywood, Harbor and Santa Monica freeways.
In other good news for local drivers, the California Department of Transportation has opened a new mixed-flow lane on the eastbound Ronald Reagan Freeway from Tampa Avenue to Balboa Boulevard. The westbound lane should debut in June. New car-pool lanes are expected to begin service by summer's end.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Apr 19, 1996|
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